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Welcome to the Wiltshire O. P. C. Home Page

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About The Project

 

The OPC Project concept was the original idea of family historians in Cornwall who launched the first OPC project;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are several now more counties taking part.  The idea is to assist those who are researching their family history in a specific parish who might otherwise have difficulty accessing information at record offices, etc.  The Wiltshire OPC Project began tentatively in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength.  Information is organised by the historic Church of England parishes within the county.  Although there is a strong focus on genealogical information, we also include historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated from time to time.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.          Put a face to the name - meet your OPC Team.  

 

Funding

The new management team face new challenges and we will keep the site running for as long as we can.  We intend to keep the site as a free to use facility but the time has come to follow other projects of a similar genre and give our users the opportunity of making a small donation to assist us to keep the site running for the longer good.  With that in mind we have set up a     Go Fund Me page     the purpose of this is to raise enough money to help us cover the running costs for the foreseeable future.   Please note that this is a voluntary donation and is not a requirement to use this site.  The site will remain free to anyone who wishes to use the information we provide.  

The people who run the site do so as volunteers and receive no financial rewards whatsoever so please be assured that your donation will be used to maintain the site and for no other purpose.  We do hope you understand our move in this direction and thank you all in advance for any support you give.     

 

Surname Interests

We have decided to create some files via Facebook to accommodate those members who would like to register their surname interests.  Our Facebook group currently has over 700 members.

 

Photo Galleries

Our photo galleries can be found all over the website - mainly published on parish pages under the category headings.  We are currently displaying these galleries via Google Photos.  Tagging of each photograph means you can see what the image is etc.  Sadly there is still no sort in file order facility with Google Photos.  Admin is constantly requesting Google to add this sort option.  

 

A Little Information About Using This Website  

As mentioned previously information is laid out within parishes.  There is also a page to cover the whole of the county and also a military page which relates to the county as a whole.  There are also pages for research inquiries and other general information just explore the drop down menus at the top of the page.  Most pages follow a set layout to assist you in finding information quickly under categories which have a set order.  The Categories are Neighbouring Parishes (Contiguous); Websites; Parish Church; Parish History; Buildings & Land; Crime & Legal Matters; Directories; Education; Emigration & Migration; Employment & Business; Miscellaneous Items; Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship; People & Parish Notables; Poor Law, Charity & The Workhouse; Probate; War, Conflict and Military.  Under Transcriptions at the bottom of the page can be found any Baptisms, Marriages, Burials & Census that have been completed.  Categories will contain sub headings but these should be selective and contain a series of documents of the same kind such as parishioners wills.  The documents themselves will normally follow a layout of oldest items first reading from left to right in columns of 3 or 4 items per row.  The documents are linked to a pdf format and the title should be descriptive but concise so that you can see what you are likely to find within.  Where there is a tithing or hamlet that has a fair amount of information these will have a tab (page) within that parish towards the end of the page.  Photo Galleries can be found by following the links on parish pages or by accessing the main gallery section at the top of the page.   The most recent parishes or items updated or expanded can be found by clicking on the images under the 3 headings towards the top of the home page.  

Although most items are published on parish pages please also check the Wiltshire Additional Parish Page, Wiltshire County Wide Page, Wiltshire Military Page and the Nationwide Page.  All of these may contain additional information not published on a parish page.  

Due to the nature of the project some pages will hold more information than others.  New items are being added to the site daily.

As you can see from the Memorial Days Section to the right of the page we are adding as many soldiers memorial days as we can.  If anyone knows of soldiers whose deaths are not yet listed please let the admin team know.  You may check which names are included by browsing through the calendar facility on this page.  

We have a motto at the Wiltshire OPC :-

What May or May Not Be of Interest to You Will Be of Interest to Someone

 

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer member of the public who "adopts" a parish in Wiltshire becoming its custodian.  The OPC is then able to research the parish and transcribe historical and genealogical information for that particular parish which may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  Our motto is "What may or may not be of interest to you, will be of interest to others".  This information is gathered from many different sources, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, historical wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualty lists, etc.  An on-line parish clerk should not be confused with a parish clerk engaged by a parish council or parochial church council.    

 

Adopt a Parish and Become an OPC

Firstly, you do not need to live in Wiltshire, or even in the UK, to become an OPC.  We have OPC's in Australia, Canada, Holland, England, New Zealand, India, Scotland and several in Wiltshire itself!  Some OPC's choose to adopt a particular parish because their ancestors hailed from that village or town or because they once lived there themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family history researchers worldwide.  Others choose their parish because of a subject interest such as Australian Soldiers of WWI buried in the county.  Once you adopt a parish then you become its custodian by researching and building on the resources on the parish page.  Even if a parish is adopted then other contributors are still welcome to submit items for inclusion.           More about Volunteering

You may feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, but you can still support the Wiltshire OPC project by:-

  • donating information you may have at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
  • transcribing - we can email records to you to transcribe at home at your own pace
  • taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc. 

If you would like to help with any of the above please contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or if the parish is vacant, contact our Administrator.  Please note that you will need to register and sign in to contact OPC's/Administrator (via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page)            

For a complete list of vacant parishes and other positions you could help with please visit our Vacancy page          For items needing to be transcribed please visit our Resources Page

 

Site Statistics

During May 2019 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 36 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  This was a low figure due to loss of data caused by a host PC crash.  Most of the month of may was dedicated to retrieval of that data and thankfully at least 99% of that task has been successfully completed.  New and updated documents added as we go through June 2019 will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  We are always working on new items and information to add to the site and currently hold a large of amount of items to be loaded (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).  We are currently working on a census transcribing programme as a priority, this is coming along pretty well considering we have a small team working on this.  We are also reviewing documents under copyright and GDP Regulations.  This may mean that some items will no longer be available to the website until they have been re-transcribed.

At the beginning of each month the site holdings list is updated to show what can be found on parish pages and elsewhere on the site at present we have over 24200 items on parish pages.  Items are annotated with either Submitted or Revised.  Submitted items being the original items transcribed and Revised being those that have additional information added or have been reformatted.  The date of when any item was updated can be found at the foot of the published document; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand date column. 

We currently have 58 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them cover about a third of the 335 available.   We also have 23 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has over 630 registered returning users (figures may be reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 447900 times.

 

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Copyright & Disclaimer

We think it is important that our users understand the strengths and limitations of this website.  The OPC Project aims to provide historical and genealogical information without charge that researchers might pay a fee for elsewhere.  OPC's voluntarily provide this information, often at their own expense by purchasing documents to transcribe.  In most cases their transcriptions are not checked by anyone other than themselves.   

Our OPC’s and volunteers are aware that material submitted for this site must be within copyright law and accreditation must be given where necessary.  Our Administrator checks items as they are submitted, however, occasionally an item may ‘slip through the net.’  If this occurs, we apologise most sincerely and will correct the issue immediately upon notification.

We don't guarantee to be perfect!  All information should be taken as a guide only and the original source consulted wherever possible.  In many cases this will be the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.   Please note that some items are published to parish pages and are incomplete, such items will be updated as and when new information is transcribed.  These are mainly ongoing projects such as the national probate index, strays index, etc.

Please note that OPC's are unable to undertake family history research for our users, but we are always willing, where possible, to advise where the information being sought might be found.

If you find this site useful please tell others - if you have a problem with it then please tell us.  Users of the site are invited to leave comments/constructive criticism &c. in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  You may also rate the page using the star option on each parish page.  Thank you.  

GDPR Notice.  For our user policy and information on how we use your personal data then please go to our Privacy Information Page

 

Funding

Please Consider Helping Us Improve This Website - Up Until Now We Have Asked For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.  Circumstances Now Mean We Need to Ask for the Occasional Financial Donation.  If You Wish to Help by Transcribing or Donating Books, Photographs and Transcripts then contact the Administrator.  If You Could Help with a Small Donation Then You May Do So Via Our Just Giving Appeal.  Thank you to all who have made a donation since the launch of the appeal to each and everyone of you we are most grateful.  The money we raise is used solely for the maintenance and advancement of the site.  Thank you all for your support the team appreciate it very much.  

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Today We Remember Wiltshires' Heroic & Famous Sons and Daughters - Their Births, Deaths & Sacrifice

Tue Jun 25
Trowbridge - 1943 - Flying Officer JACK AUSTIN PERKINS
Tue Jun 25
Wootton Bassett - 1915 - Lance Sergeant EDGAR JAMES WRIGHT
Wed Jun 26
Chippenham - 1942 - Driver ERIC GEORGE BENTLEY COOK
Wed Jun 26
Chippenham - 1942 - Flight Lieutenant KENNETH BERNARD WRIGHT
Thu Jun 27
Amesbury - 1944 - Private EDWARD G. TRUCKLE
Thu Jun 27
Barford St. Martin - 1916 - Private A. L. J. HILLS
Thu Jun 27
Hindon - 1943 - Sergeant GEORGE EDMUND WILSON
Thu Jun 27
Holt - 1920 - Private E. A. JONES
Thu Jun 27
Stratton St. Margaret - 1941 - Sergeant EDWARD GEORGE WHITEHEAD
Sat Jun 29
Blackland - 1916 - Private ARTHUR WESTON
Sat Jun 29
Bradford-on-Avon & Holt - 1915 - Private THOMAS EDWARD HILL
Sat Jun 29
Bulford - 1940 - Leading Seaman STANLEY CHARLES ALLEN
Sat Jun 29
Chippenham - 1918 - Private HARRY BUTTON
Sat Jun 29
Chippenham - 1941 - Leading Pilot Officer MICHAEL FREDERICK SYDNEY LAUGHTON
Sat Jun 29
Chippenham - 1941 - Pilot Officer DOUGLAS RODWELL PARKER
Sat Jun 29
Stratton St. Margaret (Lower Stratton) - 1941 - Volunteer JAMES EDWARD WHITFIELD
Sun Jun 30
Barford St. Martin - On this day in 1918 Private J. SMITH gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Jun 30
Codford & Stratford Sub Castle - 1915 - Private ERNEST ALFRED BIGGS
Sun Jun 30
Stratton St. Margaret (Upper Stratton) - 1944 - Private GEORGE WILLIAM RICHENS
Sun Jun 30
Stratton St. Margaret - 1918 - Lance Corporal ERNEST HODDINOTT
Mon Jul 01
!On this day in 1916 The largest and bloodiest battle of WWI commenced. Over one million men gave their lives for their countries. The offensive lasted 5 months ending on the 18th November. Today we remember the Battle of the Somme
Mon Jul 01
Bradford-on-Avon - 1916 - Lieutenant Colonel MAURICE NICHOLL KENNARD (MC)
Mon Jul 01
Bradford-on-Avon - 1916 - Private WALTER HENRY BANCROFT
Mon Jul 01
Broad Chalke & Salisbury - 1916 - Private HERBERT STEVENS
Mon Jul 01
Chippenham & Swindon - 1916 - Private EDGAR VINES
Mon Jul 01
Chippenham - 1916 - Rifleman REGINALD WILLIAM DAVIES
Mon Jul 01
Donhead St. Mary - 1916 - Rifleman FRANK SIDNEY FLETCHER
Mon Jul 01
Ramsbury - 1916 - Private GIFFORD MARTIN
Mon Jul 01
Staverton - 1944 - Private WALTER REGINALD CARTER
Mon Jul 01
Stratton St. Margaret & Swindon - 1916 - Private WALTER J. TANNER
Tue Jul 02
Bradford-on-Avon & Westwood - 1916 Private HENRY JOHN HEDGES
Tue Jul 02
Bratton - 1916 - Lance Corporal ROBERT ALBERT HURLE
Tue Jul 02
Bratton - 1917 - Lieutenant HENRY WHITAKER COOMBS
Tue Jul 02
Great Somerford - 1916 - Private FRANCIS EDWARD PORTER
Tue Jul 02
Pewsey - 1917 - Sergeant HUBERT ARTHUR WHATLEY
Tue Jul 02
Stratton St. Margaret - 1916 - Lance Corporal FRANCIS HENRY HOBBS
Tue Jul 02
Tollard Royal - 1916 - Sergeant STANLEY GLOVER
Wed Jul 03
Bradford-on-Avon - 1916 - Lance Corporal JAMES CANDY LAPHAM
Wed Jul 03
Chippenham - 1943 - Sapper WILLIAM JAMES BESANT
Thu Jul 04
Ansty - 1916 - Private HORACE FRED PIKE
Thu Jul 04
Chippenham - 1917 - Private Bugler JOHN HENRY HATHERALL (HATHERELL)
Thu Jul 04
Yatton Keynell - 1944 - Lance Corporal WILLIAM JOHN WHITE
Fri Jul 05
Ashton Keynes - 1917 - Bombardier GEORGE BARTLETT
Fri Jul 05
Bradford-on-Avon & Limpley Stoke - 1916 - Private EDGAR LINTERN
Sat Jul 06
Aldbourne - 1916 - Private EDWIN J. SAMPSON
Sat Jul 06
Alderbury & Barford St. Martin - 1918 - Private MAURICE ADOLPHUS KERLY
Sat Jul 06
Milford & Salisbury - 1916 - Sergeant WILLIAM FRANK WELSH
Sun Jul 07
*Kington St. Michael - 1771 - JOHN BRITTON, Antiquary was born
Sun Jul 07
Amesbury - 1944 - Private ARTHUR JAMES PRITCHARD
Sun Jul 07
Box - 1909 - Commander BENJAMIN DYKE ACLAND
Sun Jul 07
Chippenham - 1916 - Private EDGAR THOMAS PEARCE
Sun Jul 07
Durrington - 1915 - Private WILLIAM JAMES STOW
Sun Jul 07
Fittleton, Milford & Salisbury - 1916 - Private WALTER JOHN SANGER
Sun Jul 07
Hindon - 1916 - Private STEWART STEVENS
Sun Jul 07
Stratford Sub Castle - 1916 - Private ALFRED GEORGE HUMPHRIES
Mon Jul 08
Bradford-on-Avon - 1916 - Private EDWARD DAGGER
Mon Jul 08
Broad Chalke, Enford (Chisbury) & Salisbury - 1916 - Private FRANK TRYHORNE
Mon Jul 08
Chippenham - 1941 - Leading Aircraftman/U/T Pilot ARTHUR DAVID MICHAEL MERRETTI
Mon Jul 08
Chippenham - 1944 - Flight Lieutenant BERNARD NORMAN PHILLIPS
Mon Jul 08
Corsham & Yatton Keynell - 1916 - Gunner THOMAS PERCY SNELL
Mon Jul 08
Durrington - 1943 - LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN ALFRED CHARLES CHANNON
Mon Jul 08
Purton - 1944 - Flight Lieutenant/Pilot FREDERICK CECIL WALTER CLEMENT
Mon Jul 08
Stratton St. Margaret - 1916 - Private BERT ILES
Tue Jul 09
Ansty - 1916 - Private ALFRED WILLOUGHBY SEABORNE
Tue Jul 09
Dinton - 1917 - Petty Officer CHARLES BUGG
Wed Jul 10
Amesbury - 1944 - Corporal ALLAN ALFRED F. NOYCE
Wed Jul 10
Ashton Keynes - On this day in 1943 Major ARTHUR CHARLES GILBERT gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Jul 10
Berwick St. John - 1920 - Admiral Sir JOHN ARBUTHNOTT FISHER. Served as Admiral of the Fleet at the beginning of WWI.
Wed Jul 10
Broad Chalke - 1944 - Gunner EDWARD CHARLES STACEY
Wed Jul 10
Chippenham - 1917 - Private ROBERT WILLIAM CARTER
Wed Jul 10
Chippenham - 1944 - Private PETER DONALD COLLER
Wed Jul 10
Codford (St. Mary) - 1917 - Private ANDREW ANDERSON WISHART
Wed Jul 10
East Harnham - 1917 - Private GILBERT CHARLES GREEN
Wed Jul 10
Hankerton - 1916 - Private THOMAS HENRY SMITH
Wed Jul 10
Ramsbury - 1917 - Private ALFRED LOOKER
Wed Jul 10
Stratton St. Margaret - 1944 - Private ARTHUR HERBERT JAMES HORTON
Wed Jul 10
West Lavington & Worton & Marston - 1941 - Aircraftman 2nd Class PAUL SANGSTER RIVINGTON
Thu Jul 11
Downton (Redlynch) - 1916 - Private CECIL PILGRIM
Thu Jul 11
Wootton Bassett - 1947 - Gunner ROBERT FRANKLIN
Fri Jul 12
Stratton St. Margaret - 1944 - Private GORDON LESLIE BRIDGES
Sat Jul 13
*Upton Lovell - 1927 - ANTONY BARRINGTON BROWN, photographer, was born in Cheshire. He settled in the village and remained there until his death in 2012
Sat Jul 13
Box - 1919 - Sapper EDWARD LAMBERT
Sat Jul 13
Durrington - 1915 - Lance Sergeant FRED WALTER BROWN
Sun Jul 14
*Aldbourne - 1901 - GERALD FINZI, composer & musicographer was born in London, a resident of the parish
Sun Jul 14
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Second Lieutenant NELSON STUART HIBBARD.
Sun Jul 14
Bulford, Durrington, Milston & Heytesbury (Tytherleigh) - 1916 - Private HENRY CHARLES GRAY/GREY.
Sun Jul 14
Chippenham - 1916 - Private HARRY LUCAS .
Sun Jul 14
Codford St. Mary - 1876 - NEAL MCCOURT of the Louth Rifles
Mon Jul 15
*Aldbourne - 1913 - HAMMOND INNES, novelist was born in Horsham, Sussex. One time resident of the parish
Mon Jul 15
Chippenham - 1916 - Rifleman RICHARD ELMES
Mon Jul 15
Chippenham - 1944 - Private ALFRED JAMES DUMMER
Mon Jul 15
Codford (St. Mary) - 1988 - Brigadier RUSSELL FRANK MAYNARD
Mon Jul 15
Devizes, East Knoyle and Salisbury - 1916 - Lance Corporal EDWARD DEWEY SMALL
Mon Jul 15
Marlborough - 1916 - Private REGINALD WILLIAM F. DOBSON
Mon Jul 15
Milford & Salisbury - 1916 - Private EDGAR PERCY ROUSELL
Tue Jul 16
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1917 Private CHARLES JONES gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Jul 16
Codford (St. Mary) - On this day in 1918 Rifleman BERTIE ERNEST KEARSE gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Jul 16
Codford St. Mary - 1916 - Lance Sergeant FREDERICK CHARLES WHATLEY
Tue Jul 16
Durrington - On this day in 1944 Private HARRY SPREADBURY gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Jul 16
Odstock - 1916 - Second Lieutenant HENRY ROBERT MILES

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